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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in theatre degree program at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) provides educational opportunities grounded in strong liberal arts traditions for a diverse urban population. BFA students in the Department of Theatre choose between two concentrations: music theatre or applied theatre technology and design.

By offering a full range of introductory, advanced and collaborative teacher-learner-centered curricula, we provide theoretical foundations and practical applications to prepare students for graduate school, employment and personal and aesthetic development.

The work of MSU Denver theatre students, faculty and staff has earned local and regional awards and recognition. These achievements result from the department’s fundamental commitment to excellence and the belief that theatre is an inclusive experience. Our department philosophy is Theatre is Equipment for Living, because earning a BFA in theatre develops skills that will support students in a multitude of professions.

The MSU Denver Department of Theatre serves the university, campus and greater community by providing courses, performance and applied technology opportunities, academic and professional collaborations and cultural enrichment.

Program Options

To qualify for acceptance to the BFA in theatre program at MSU Denver, students must submit an application and complete a formal review process.

Students choose one of the following concentrations:

Music theatre

Applied theatre technology and design




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Theatre at MSU Denver fosters the concept of ensemble—everyone’s work is significant and essential. Students working toward a BFA in theatre here have the advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Perform in class and participate in four major productions each year, including two musicals produced in collaboration with the Department of Music.
  • Work and perform in the King Center performing arts complex, one of the most accessible and adaptive performance facilities in the nation.
  • Attend, network at, compete in and showcase your work at a variety of local, regional and national conferences for theatre and performing arts students.
  • Intern with various organizations and productions (some involve performance tours) that can serve as stepping-stones to employment and professional careers.
  • Be mentored by accomplished theatre professionals who can help you become a well-rounded, professionally prepared technician or performer.
  • Consider membership in the Stage Combat Club, the Theatre Tech Club or the Alpha Gamma Beta chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

The BFA in theatre prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers as voice and film actors, stage actors, artistic directors, audio technicians, costume designers, directors, makeup artists, scene designers, lighting designers, scriptwriters, theatre critics, stage managers and more.

Theatre skills have a variety of applications for many different career fields in addition to those in the entertainment industry. Some of our graduates have gone on to work in fields such as hospitality management and education.

Hear from our students:

“We have professors who are working professionals in our community and give us great insight into what the theatre industry is looking for. We can experience great live theatre literally across the street from us at very affordable prices. All these tools are great for networking, and they also stimulate the mind, educate and inspire.”

— Gustavo Marquez, student (BFA in music theatre 2016)

Alumni at Work

A few organizations and productions that have hired students of MSU Denver’s theatre program include:

2014 Winter Olympic Games

“How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular”

Cirque du Soleil

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Blue Man Group

Radio City Music Hall

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Rosco Laboratories

Sample Classes


The Speaking Voice in Performance

Theatre Career Development

Performance of Literature

Stage Directing

Advanced Stagecraft

Scene Painting

Advanced Costume Design

Theatre Improvisation

Stage Management

Graphics for the Theatre

Styles of Acting

Stage Combat

Music Theatre History and Performance

Program Accreditation

The Department of Theatre at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines.

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